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French Vocabulary Basics: Prefixes and Suffixes You Need to Know

French Vocabulary Basics: Prefixes and Suffixes You Need to Know

Have you noticed repeated beginnings or endings in French words? French tutor Tyler S. breaks down the most common French prefixes and suffixes you need to know... Why Prefixes and Suffixes? Have you ever wondered why languages have historically developed what grammarians call “prefixes” and “suffixes”? Why do almost all languages demonstrate these two types of word alteration when there are other ways to express the same changes of meaning? The answer is simple: prefixes and suffixes save … Read More

French Vocabulary Basics: Prefixes and Suffixes You Need to Know
Have you noticed repeated beginnings or endings in French words? French tutor Tyler S. breaks down the most common French prefixes and suffixes you need to know... Why Prefixes and Suffixes? Have you ever wondered why languages have historically developed what grammarians call “prefixes” and “suffixes”? Why do almost all languages demonstrate these two types of word alteration when there are other ways to express the same changes of meaning? The answer is simple: prefixes and suffixes save
Common German Phrases and Etiquette Tips for Dining Out
Do you want to explore what Germany's restaurant scene has to offer? Below, German teacher Tyler S. shares some common German phrases and etiquette tips to ensure you have a delicious and enjoyable meal... Imagine you’re in Germany dining out for the first time. You excitedly enter through the restaurant’s front door, take a quick look around, and wait at what appears to be the host stand. If you wait to be seated in this manner, you’ll be waiting a long time. In almost every German re
10 Useful Italian Phrases You Won’t Find in a Travel Dictionary
Are you planning on taking a trip to Italy? A travel dictionary is a great resource to have on hand. However, it doesn't always list common phrases and expressions used by native Italians. Below, Italian teacher Christopher S. shares 10 useful Italian phrases that you won't find in a travel dictionary... Italian is an extremely expressive language. Not only is it beautiful for the way it sounds and the theatrical hand gestures, it's also beautiful because of its rich expressions. Like man
4 Ways to Put Your Spanish into Action in Your Community
Want to take your Spanish beyond the books and classroom? Here, Honolulu tutor Jinan B. offers some ideas to volunteer in Spanish and other ways to share your skills with your community...   Spanish has special significance in the United States, as it is widely spoken by people from a variety of Hispanic and Hispanic-American cultures. One of the great things about learning Spanish is that you can practice the language and improve your fluency while actively in your community. The fol
5 Sneaky (and Fun!) Ways to Study Spanish in Your Free Time
Looking for ways to study Spanish that don't involve conjugation exercises? Read on as Carmichael, CA Spanish tutor Joan B. shares her fun ideas for incorporating Spanish in your daily life...   Studying Spanish can be as simple as incorporating these sneaky (and fun!) methods, all of which are simple, quick, and designed to strengthen your knowledge and skills in Spanish. Make a goal to incorporate at least one of them into your daily life for 14 days straight, and you’ll see a diffe

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